Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My Top Tips to Tackle Parenthood

You know it has been 13 years since I had a little one around and it kinda does come back to you and it kinda doesn't.  I feel like a first time parent all over again.  Everyone gives you advice of how to do things, and what will happen but nothing really prepares you.  Abd even with experience, every baby is different.  But I have some tips to maybe help you along the way and make things easier on you:
1)  It Takes 2-Team Work.  From the beginning, my husband and I have tackle the messes together.  Whether it is support, an extra hand, or a back up, he is always there. 
2)  Tag Your It-Take Turns.  You are the Mommy and he is the Daddy.  Tag him in every now and again.  You need a break.  No matter how small the break is, take it.  You deserve it.
3)  Laugh It Off-Poop happens, that is me saying it in a nice way with nice words.  You will laugh about it later, why not laugh now.  My husband and I have had some moments.  I just bust out laughing with tears rolling down my eyes from laughing so hard. 
4)  Their Babies Poop Does Too Smell-Those keeping up with the Joneses need not keep up with them.  We aren't perfect.  Just be you.
5)  It Takes A Village-Allow friends and family to help.  If they are asking to help, let them.  And even if they don't volunteer, ask them.  They won't know you need help unless you tell them.  Especially is you have been doing #4 and everyone thinks you are perfect.
6)  Wake Up And Smell The Poop-Enjoy every moment.  Kids grow up so fast.  You don't want to miss it, because it will pass you by.  I love smelling my kids when they are babies.  That baby powder smell.  I like watching them as they discover their world.  And am there to hold them as their adventures begin.

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AutismWonderland said...

Great tips! Team work is key!

Aurelia @ said...

Good tips! Enjoy the good, laugh at the bad, and share the load.

The Digital Latina said...

These are wonderful tips! We have to appreciate those very special years because once they're gone, they're gone. :-( my big girl is 8 and instill smell her up! Lol

Monica said...

Great tips! You're so really does take a village to raise a child. I really miss living close to family.

Maura said...

Nice tips, Alba. I'm going to pass these along to a few new moms I know.

Peru Delights said...

Great tips Alba! I read the other day some tips by a mother of 7. Yes, SEVEN!. That woman must be REALLY chilled to be able to be the parent of 7 and not go crazy. One of the tips was not to obsess about what goes into your kids mouths (ie, what kind of food), which I think I would have a hard time doing, being the health freak that I am.

Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™ said...

Tag teaming seems to be essential! One parent should not have to be tasked with everything. After all, it took two to create! :)

The Wise Latina Club said...

hahahaha. So it's all about the poop? Great, zen- inducing reality checks every new mom should have bookmarked!